It’s impact of NMTV News report. In a joint meeting of the State Forest Dept., Bombay Environmental Action Group and NMMC; NMMC was ordered to deactivate one side of the road and put a gate on the other side besides posting three security guards at the spot round the clock. NMMC however is yet to station security gaurds at the spot. It may be recalled that NMTV news had exposed how NMMC had constructed an illegal tarred road in the heart of mangroves on Palm Beach Road. The corporation built the road without getting the required permission from the State Forest Dept. City Engineer Mohan Dagaonkar had confessed the same in an interview with NMTV News Managing Editor Zeba Warsia. The NMMC built the illegal tarred road under the pre text of pre monsoon work for reaching to the holding ponds within the mangrove stretch based on a High Court relief of 2006. That’s what the City Engineer had informed us. However the petitioner Debi Goenka informed us that there are no holding ponds at the site and it’s been three years to that relief order, then how did NMMC suddenly feel the need to build the road. Post our report, a joint meeting was held between the State Forest Dept., Bombay Environmental Action Group and NMMC. Reliable sources reveal that NMMC officials had a cold feet during the meeting where in it was finally decided that NMMC will have to stop work on the other two roads being built within the mangrove area, deactivate one side of the road at Sanpada Circle, put a gate on the other side opposite Full Stop Mall and post three security guards at the same spot round the clock. Debi Goenka informed the same to NMTV News in on a telephonic conversation after the meet. Even Commissioner Vijay Nahata had confirmed that this work was being initiated by them. While the Commissioner claimed that security guards were posted at the gate, when NMTV News visited the site there were no security guards. While the timely intervention of the Bombay Environmental Action Group has saved the mangroves stretch of Palm Beach Road yet once again from the clutch of environment destroyers, what’s most unfortunate is that a NGO from Mumbai is safeguarding environment’s interest in Navi Mumbai. While the educated and elite living on the opposite side of this stretch fails to see environment destruction from their homes failing to understand that if the mangroves of this belt are destroyed, they will be the first victims of nature’s wrath. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.

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